What is digital mental health?
Mental health services and information delivered or enhanced through the internet and related technologies.
—Mental Health Commission of Canada
The digital and artificial intelligence (AI) mental health certificate
Almost two million Canadians say their need for mental health services has only been met partially or not at all 1. To close this gap, mental health clinicians, administrators and policy-makers need effective options that complement traditional, face-to-face mental health supports.
An integral part of this initiative involves using technology to deliver mental health care.
The promise is not without risks. Canada needs to build capacity in digital mental health and AI, which includes high-quality training for the range of interdisciplinary health and social service professionals who deliver mental health services.
The digital and AI mental health certificate supports continuing professional development through a multimedia suite of topic-focused video, e-learning and resource collections. We are partnering with clinicians, researchers, patients and families to help health care professionals understand, access and use technology to deliver care to Canadians.
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Adapted from Doraiswamy, P.M., London, E. & Candeias, V. (2019). Empowering 8 Billion Minds: Enabling Better Mental Health for All via the Adoption of Technologies. Geneva: World Economic Forum.
Quick Takes podcast on ChatGPT
Released: Wednesday, November 1st, 2023
“We want to really be cautious because these are complex pieces of software.“
Should we be using an AI-based tool like ChatGPT in practice? Is it ready? Are we?
In this episode of Quick Takes, Dr. Gratzer speaks with returning guest Dr. John Torous about the impact tools like this could have on mental health care, both now and in the future.
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1. Sunderland, A., Findlay, L.C. (2013) Perceived need for mental health care in Canada: Results from the 2012 Community Health Survey-Mental Health. Health Reports. Statistics Canada. Catalogue no. 82-003-X.